While concrete work can be beautiful and artistic, it may not be a part of everyone’s vision for their outdoor space. Lucky for them, there are other stone/surface options out there. If you are considering updating your landscaping you may want to consider one of the following, very popular options.
- Granite – Hardest, most expensive stone; difficult to quarry and shape; wide range of colors and grains; durable; low porosity.
- Common applications: Waterfalls, retaining walls, outcroppings.
- Limestone – Easier to shape than granite; many colors available; shades/patterns are uniform (but vary by location); weathers with an attractive patina; porosity varies by location.
- Common applications: Coping, retaining walls, waterfalls (harder varieties).
- Travertine – Type of limestone formed by hot springs; natural divots can be filled in for more even surface; often honed to create matte finish; multiple colors and graining appear throughout, giving each stone a unique look.
- Common applications: Pool decking, coping, patio floors; sun ledges/tanning shelves in swimming pools.
- Sandstone – Easy to cut; resists erosion; softer than limestone; porosity varies; found in a range of earth tones; relatively uniform texture.
- Common applications: Pool decking, coping, pathways, patio floors, steps, water features (low porosity varieties).
- Flagstone – Any kind of stone split into shallow, flat slabs for paving; easy to walk on; helps water drainage.
- Common applications: Flat surfaces including pool decking, coping, pathways, patio floors.
- Fieldstone – Thick stone easily excavated from top of soil; exposed surface is weathered and often moss-covered.
- Common applications: Stacked retaining walls, sitting walls.
- River Rock – Smaller stones that have been smoothed and shaped into circular forms by natural waterway.
- Common applications: Engraved marking stones, dry river beds, borders for pathways and plant beds.
Be sure to consult your designer to get the right stone for your surface. If you need a design consultation, feel free to consult us here at Premier Fiberglass, and we’ll be happy to get one lined up for you.